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Apple Updates Mojave to macOS 10.14.2

1 week ago

macOS Mojave 10.14.2 includes support for RTT (real-time text) for Wi-Fi calling, makes it easier to move a story from the Apple News app to Safari, and fixes an AirPlay bug involving third-party speakers.


Bryan Chaffin

uBar 4 Toolbar, a Dock Replacement for Mac: $15

1 week ago

We have a deal for you today on uBar 4, a Dock replacement for Mac. uBar 4 is customizable, expandable, can be displayed on one or all of your monitors, and it has a variety of built-in functions. Check out the deal listing for more. It’s $15 through our deal.


Bryan Chaffin

We’re Witnessing the Death of Tumblr in Real Time

1 week ago

We’re witnessing the death of Tumblr in real time. Recently the company announced it would ban all porn starting December 17 using special algorithms that flag content. But they’ve been flagging everything except porn.

On a purely conceptual level, this was already bad news for many Tumblr users. An NSFW content ban will hurt the livelihoods of artists and sex workers on the site, and potentially lead to a mass exodus of bloggers who want to retain their creative freedom. However, it looks like the problems go even further because Tumblr’s content flagging algorithm is hopelessly incompetent.

I’ve never been much of a Tumblr user myself, but I still knew the platform was like 90% porn. Tumblr will end up losing up to half of its user base. *shocked Pikachu face*


Andrew Orr

Apple Employee Joins ACLU to Fight Government Back Doors

1 week ago

Security expert Jon Callas formerly led a team of hackers to break into Apple products before they were released to test their security. Now he has joined the ACLU to fight against government back doors.

Wizner said he expects Callas to help the group resist governments demanding access to company platforms for surveillance of users and to weigh in on issues including fairness and transparency in artificial intelligence.

Hopefully Jon can help the ACLU fight things like Australia’s recent anti-encryption bill.


Andrew Orr

Find Out If Your Data Was Leaked With This Data Breach Tool

1 week ago

A data breach tool called have i been pwned? is an app and website that helps you find out if your information was included in data breaches. It’s easy to use, just enter your email address. Have I been pwned? allows you to search across multiple data breaches to see if your personal data was compromised by any of the big hacks on record.  The app includes no  or automatic collecting of private data, searching among published databases and so-called pastes, getting real-time updated by receiving push notifications when new breaches happen, and information behind certain hacks, provided with relevant links to more information. The app has also been provided as open source software, found at GitHub. App Store: Free


Andrew Orr

Command & Conquer: Rivals PVP Launches on iOS

1 week 1 day ago

Command & Conquer: Rivals PVP launches on the App Store. Lead your army to victory in The War for Tiberium.  Battle to dominate your enemy with Commanders from the Global Defense Initiative and Brotherhood of Nod. Customize your army with a unique commander, infantry units, and vehicles. Conquer opponents in one-on-one battles and strategically direct your forces to earn every victory. In this war, control is power.  The strategy behind your skills determines victory or defeat. Choose a Commander to lead your forces – each holds powerful abilities that can influence your approach and turn the tide of battle. Create winning combinations of infantry, tanks, aircraft, and high-tech behemoths. Customize your army to align with your Commander’s unique abilities, then unleash formidable weapons and vehicles in all-out war. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)


Andrew Orr
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